Italy reviews 683 extra coronavirus deaths: Live updates


Italy has reported 683 new deaths within the coronavirus pandemic, bringing the full to 7,503 because the confirmed circumstances rose to 74,386, showing to degree off however not dropping dramatically from earlier days. 

The hardest-hit northern area of Lombardy reported a pointy fall within the variety of deaths in contrast with the day earlier than, however remained in a essential state of affairs, with a complete of 4,474 deaths and 32,346 circumstances.

Spain, in the meantime, has recorded greater than 700 deaths over the previous 24 hours, surpassing China within the complete loss of life toll, making the nation now second to solely Italy.

In India, 1.Three billion individuals have joined the worldwide lockdown triggered by the outbreak because the World Health Organization (WHO) expressed concern on the acceleration of the pandemic within the United States. On Wednesday, Russia additionally ordered non-essential staff to remain home subsequent week.


In the US, the White House and Senate leaders of each events have struck an settlement on a sweeping $2 trillion measure to assist staff, companies and a healthcare system strained by the quickly spreading coronavirus outbreak.

Over 113,000 of the 454,000 individuals recognized with the illness have recovered, in accordance with information collected by Johns Hopkins University. More than 20,500 individuals worldwide have died from COVID-19.

Here are the newest updates:

Wednesday, March 25

21:25 GMT – UK authorities orders 10,000 ventilators from Dyson: Report

The British authorities has ordered 10,000 ventilators designed by vacuum cleaner firm Dyson, the BBC reported.

“Dyson have received uk govt order for 10,000 ventilators designed and made from scratch. Will also produce an additional 5,000 of which 1000 will be donated to uk. 4,000 to other countries,” BBC Business Editor Simon Jack stated on Twitter. Dyson’s ventilators shall be accessible in early April, Jack added

21:20 GMT – Finland restricts motion to and from capital area

The Finnish authorities has issued a three-week blockade of the Uusimaa area round Helsinki, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in Finland, to stop individuals from travelling and spreading the virus to different components of the nation.

The resolution got here after Finnish well being authority up to date and worsened its forecast for the outbreak earlier on Wednesday, estimating that between 11,000 and 15,500 individuals can be hospitalised in Finland, and that from 3,600 to five,000 of them would require intensive care within the following months.

By Wednesday, authorities had counted three deaths and 880 confirmed COVID-19 circumstances in Finland, most of them within the capital area.

Air travellers wear masks as they arrive at Ivalo Airport, Finland January 24, 2020. On Thursday, two tourists visiting Finland from Wuhan, China went to a health centre in Ivalo, seeking treatment fo

Air travellers put on masks as they arrive at Ivalo Airport in Finland on January 24 [Tarmo Lehtosalo/Reuters]

21:15 GMT – US dem presidential candidate Sanders threatens to place maintain on assist invoice

US Senator Bernie Sanders has stated he was ready to place a maintain on a $2 tn Senate coronavirus financial aid invoice except a gaggle of Republican senators drop their objections to language on jobless advantages within the laws.

Sanders, an unbiased who’s operating for the Democratic presidential nomination, stated in a tweet: “Unless these Republican senators drop their objections, I am prepared to put a hold on this bill until stronger conditions are imposed on the $500 billion corporate welfare fund.”

21:10 GMT – Pompeo urged G7 leaders to make use of ‘Wuhan Virus’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Group of Seven (G7) leaders to name the coronavirus the “Wuhan Virus”, in accordance to the Hill newssite, which cites a report by the German Der Spiegel journal. 

Pompeo and several other US officers have used the time period not too long ago in an obvious try to stress that the virus originated in China. Some Chinese officers have pushed a conspiracy principle in latest days that the virus was launched to the nation by the US army. 

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20:00 GMT – UK boxing champion Amir Khan provides constructing to NHS

UK boxing world-champion Amir Khan has provided to donate a 60,000 sq. foot constructing, meant to be marriage ceremony venue, to the National Health System (NHS).

“I am aware of how difficult it is for the public to get a hospital bed in this tragic time,” he stated. 

The constructing is positioned within the city of Bolton and is value $5.9 million, in accordance with Manchester Evening News.

19:55 GMT – Coronavirus circumstances in Ireland prime 1,500, two extra deaths

The complete confirmed circumstances of coronavirus in Ireland has risen 1,564 from 1,329 a day earlier, with two extra deaths reported to convey the variety of fatalities to 9, the well being division stated.

19:50 GMT – Wimbledon may very well be postponed or cancelled: AELTC

This 12 months’s Wimbledon Championships may very well be postponed or cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELT) has stated.

The June 29 to July 12 occasion is not going to be performed behind closed doorways and suspending the one Grand Slam grasscourt occasion till later within the 12 months “is not without significant risk and difficulty”, the AELTC stated in an announcement.

“The unprecedented challenge presented by the COVID-19 crisis continues to affect our way of life in ways that we could not have imagined, and our thoughts are with all those affected in the UK and around the world,” chief government Richard Lewis stated. “The single most important consideration is one of public health, and we are determined to act responsibly through the decisions we make.”

19:45 GMT – France’s Macron pledges huge funding in well being system

French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged “massive investments” within the nation’s public hospital well being system, near a breaking level because it copes with the coronavirus outbreak which has already induced 1,331 deaths within the nation.

“Once this crisis is over, a massive investment plan and an upgrade of the career paths will be put in place for our hospital system”, Macron informed a information convention in japanese France, a hotspot of the outbreak within the nation.

He additionally stated he had determined to launch a military operation to assist the inhabitants with well being and logistics. 

19:40 GMT – Qatar to close cash trade and switch providers from March 26

Qatar has introduced it’ll briefly shut all in-person cash trade and switch providers from March 26 to restrict the unfold of the coronavirus.

At least 537 infections have been confirmed within the Gulf nation, in accordance with John Hopkins University information, with no deaths. 

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19:35 GMT – Pentagon halts all abroad motion for US forces for as much as 60 days

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has issued a cease motion order halting all travel and motion overseas for as much as 60 days in an effort to restrict the unfold of the coronavirus by way of the ranks of the army, he informed Reuters information company.

Esper stated in an interview that the order utilized to all US forces, civilian personnel and households, however famous that there can be some exceptions. One exception can be the drawdown below approach in Afghanistan, which Esper stated would proceed. 

19:30 GMT – New York Governor: NYC resort to supply free rooms to medical staff

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has stated {that a} Four Seasons resort in Manhattan will present free lodging to “doctors, nurses and medical personnel” presently responding to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Cuomo stated in a tweet he hoped different motels would additionally present lodging. 

Over 30,000 circumstances of the an infection have been confirmed in New York State, the epicentre of the outbreak within the US, the place over 60,000 individuals have been contaminated. 

19:20 GMT – WHO says it absolutely helps resolution to postpone 2020 Olympics

The WHO absolutely supported the choice to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Japan as a result of issues concerning the unfold of the coronavirus, the organisation has stated.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director basic, stated it had been a “difficult but wise decision” taken in order to safeguard the well being of athletes and spectators.

“We provide public health advice. The decision to postpone the Olympics was made by the IOC and the Japanese government, wholly and solely,” Michael Ryan, WHO’s prime emergencies skilled informed a information convention. “But we fully support that decision.” 

19:15 GMT – Pandemic downturn shall be worse than 2008: WTO

The World Trade Organization’s chief has stated that projections present that the financial downturn and job losses attributable to the coronavirus pandemic can be worse than the 2008 recession.

“Recent projections predict an economic downturn and job losses that are worse than the global financial crisis a dozen years ago,” director-general Roberto Azevedo stated in a video message posted on the Geneva-based physique’s web site.

He stated concrete forecasts should not but accessible however its in-house economists count on “a very sharp decline in trade”. 

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18:55 GMT – Panama suspends home flights

Panama has suspended home air travel to curb the unfold of coronavirus, suspending all passenger flights from each native and worldwide airports, the nation’s civil aviation authority stated.

Only humanitarian flights and planes ferrying merchandise shall be exempt from the ban. Panama banned all worldwide flights from the nation on March 22.


18:50 GMT – France reviews 231 extra deaths, bringing complete to 1,331 

French well being authorities have reported 231 new deaths from coronavirus, taking the full to 1,331. 

The rise within the variety of deaths represents a day by day improve of 21 p.c, a slight slowing from the earlier two days with the nation now in its second week of lockdown.

The day by day authorities tally solely accounts for these dying in hospital however authorities stated they’d quickly have the ability to compile information on deaths in retirement properties, which is more likely to lead to a giant improve in registered fatalities. 

There have been 25,233 circumstances confirmed within the nation, an increase of about 13 p.c in 24 hours.

A medical staff walks by the civil hospital in Mulhouse, eastern France, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The Grand Est region is now the epicenter of the outbreak in France, which has buried the third most v

A medical employees walks by the civil hospital in Mulhouse, japanese France on March 24 [Jean-Francois Badias/The Associated Press]

18:45 GMT – Tony awards for Broadway theatre postponed indefinitely

The annual Tony Awards ceremony celebrating the most effective in Broadway theatre have been postponed indefinitely, organisers stated on Wednesday.

The awards ceremony was as a result of happen in New York City on June 7. Broadway theatres have been shut down two weeks in the past because of the coronavirus epidemic.

18:35 GMT – Person who lives in papal residence exams constructive: Report

An individual who lives in the identical Vatican residence as Pope Francis has examined constructive for coronavirus and is being handled in an Italian hospital, the Rome newspaper Il Messaggero has reported. 

The Vatican had no instant touch upon the report.

Francis, who has cancelled public appearances and is conducting his basic audiences by way of tv and the web, lives within the Santa Marta guesthouse. There are presently about 75 individuals residing there, in accordance with a Vatican supply.

The newspaper stated the particular person works within the Vatican’s Secretariat of State and a Vatican supply informed Reuters information company he’s believed to be a priest.

Italy reviews 683 extra coronavirus deaths

18:20 GMT – Number of circumstances in US move 60,000

The variety of confirmed coronavirus infections has handed 60,000 within the US, in accordance with John Hopkins University information. 

At least 827 individuals have died from COVID-19 within the nation, in accordance with the tracker. 

18:05 GMT – Syria provides night time curfew

Syria has begun a nationwide curfew from 6 pm to six am as lockdown measures to counter the unfold of coronavirus have been prolonged, residents and state media stated.

The authorities had already ordered the closure of outlets, markets and public transport, permitting solely pharmacies to open and restricted deliveries of bread to stop crowding near bakeries.

The Health Ministry stated on Wednesday confirmed circumstances had risen to 5 after it reported its first case on Sunday. Medics and specialists are sceptical of the figures, saying the authorities are masking up many extra circumstances. The authorities deny this.

“The curfew is serious and any violator will be detained and face legal measures,” Interior Minister Mohamad al Rahmoun was quoted as saying on state tv.

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A well being employee with a face masks walks inside a hospital in Damascus [Omar Sanadiki/Reuters]

18:00 GMT – US army will increase safety at bases worldwide

The US army has stated it’s elevating its health-related safety degree at bases worldwide over the unfold of the coronavirus, because it acknowledged the persistent progress within the price of infections throughout the power.

The Pentagon stated it was elevating its well being safety situation, or HPCON, to Charlie, its second highest degree, which suggests sustained neighborhood transmission. The Pentagon introduced 53 new circumstances of contaminated service members on Wednesday, bringing the worldwide complete to 227.

17:50 GMT – Ukraine to droop air, rail hyperlinks from Friday: Report

Ukraine will droop all air and rail hyperlinks with different nations from March 27 in a bid to include the unfold of the coronavirus, the Interfax Ukraine information company cited Interior Minister Arsen Avakov as saying.

He urged all Ukrainians to determine shortly whether or not to return home or stay overseas, Interfax reported.

“Overnight from Friday to Saturday, all air links will be suspended. The same goes for train links,” Avakov was quoted as saying. 

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17:40 GMT – Moscow mulls shutting eating places, cafes

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin stated all leisure venues within the capital ought to stay closed subsequent week to include the unfold of coronavirus, however concrete measures can be introduced on Thursday, Russian information businesses reported.

The mayor stated he believed all eating places and cafes ought to stay shut and restrictions imposed on procuring malls and parks, the information businesses reported.

Earlier on Wednesday, President Vladimir Putin unveiled new measures designed to gradual the transmission of coronavirus, declaring subsequent week a non-working week for a lot of Russians and urging individuals to remain at home. 

17:35 GMT – Deputy British ambassador to Hungary dies

Steven Dick, Deputy Head of Mission on the British Embassy in Budapest, has died after contracting coronavirus, the Foreign Office has stated.

The 37-year-old diplomat died in Hungary on Tuesday, it stated in an announcement. He had served as Deputy British Ambassador to Hungary since December, in accordance with a biography revealed on the UK authorities’s web site.

Coronavirus measures against in LondonA person sporting a medical masks as a measure in opposition to the coronavirus rides a motorbike in London [Ilyas Tayfun Salci/Anadolu]

17:30 GMT – England’s chief medical officer says there’s a world scarcity of exams

There is a worldwide scarcity of coronavirus exams, inflicting a “bottleneck”, England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty has stated. 

“We do not have sufficient testing and this is a global problem because basically every country is wanting this new test, for a disease that wasn’t actually being tested for anywhere three months ago,” Whitty stated at a day by day information convention.

“So everybody wants this, so there is a global shortage and that’s a bottleneck for us.” 

17:20 GMT – UK’s Johnson says 405,000 have volunteered to assist well being service

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated that greater than 400,000 individuals had volunteered to assist the National Health Service (NHS) deal with the coronavirus disaster inside 24 hours of a authorities enchantment for volunteers.

“I also want to offer a special thank-you to everyone who has now volunteered to help the NHS,” Johnson stated throughout a information convention.

“When we launched the appeal last night we hoped to get 250,000 volunteers over a few days, but I can tell you that in just 24 hours, 405,000 people have responded to the call.” 

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17:05 GMT – Italy loss of life toll rises by 683 to 7,503

Italy has reported 683 new coronavirus deaths within the final day, bringing the full to 7,503 within the nation, which has turn out to be an epicentre of the pandemic. 

The variety of confirmed circumstances within the hard-hit nation rose to 74,386 from the 69,176 reported on Tuesday, in accordance with well being officers. 

On Tuesday the nation reported 743 deaths. That adopted 602 deaths on Monday, 650 on Sunday and a file of 793 on Saturday – the very best day by day determine because the contagion got here to mild on February 21.


16:55 GMT – Coronavirus circumstances surpass 1,000 in Poland, with 14 deaths

Poland has 1,031 confirmed coronavirus circumstances and 14 deaths, Poland’s well being ministry has stated, shortly after the federal government prolonged border closures till April 13.

Poland’s authorities introduced earlier this month that it’ll lengthen faculty, theater and cinema closures till Easter and that it’ll solely permit individuals to go away their properties for important functions.

16:50 GMT – Spain Deputy PM Carmen Calvo exams constructive for coronavirus

Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo has examined constructive for coronavirus, the Spanish authorities has stated.

Calvo examined constructive for the virus in a check carried out on Tuesday after beforehand testing damaging, however yet one more check was carried out as a result of the final one proved inconclusive, the federal government stated in an announcement.

It added that Calvo, who was born in 1957, was doing effectively and receiving medical remedy. 

Members of the Military Emergency Unit (UME) leave an elderly home after carrying out disinfection procedures during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Madrid, Spain March 23, 2020. REUTER

Members of the Military Emergency Unit (UME) depart an aged home after finishing up disinfection procedures in the course of the coronavirus outbreak in Madrid [Susana Vera/Reuters]

16:45 GMT – Swiss coronavirus loss of life toll rises to 103, circumstances complete 9,765

The loss of life toll in Switzerland from coronavirus infections has elevated to 103, the Swiss authorities has stated.

The variety of useless was up from the 90 reported on Tuesday, the Federal Office of Public Health stated. Total confirmed circumstances additionally elevated to 9,765, it stated, from just below 9,000 on Tuesday.

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16:40 GMT – Palestinian Authority reviews first loss of life

The Palestinian Authority has reported the primary loss of life from the coronavirus, a girl in her 60s who lived within the occupied West Bank.

“The woman had experienced symptoms and was later hospitalised” earlier than succumbing to the sickness, stated Ibrahim Melhem, a spokesman for the Palestinian Authority.

The girl was from Bidu, a Palestinian village north of Jerusalem and southwest of Ramallah, Melhem added. There are 62 confirmed coronavirus circumstances amongst Palestinians within the West Bank, and two within the Gaza Strip. 

16:30 GMT – Expo 2020 Dubai employees member contaminated

Organisers of the Expo 2020 Dubai world honest, scheduled to start out in October, have confirmed one coronavirus case amongst employees. 

A spokesman confirmed the case after the Reuters information company requested for a touch upon a letter that knowledgeable contractors of the case and stated Expo 2020 Dubai would “continue to operate and provide all essential support services to allow construction on site to continue”.

“All those in contact or in touch with the individual are following the Dubai Health Authority protocols, including testing, quarantine, and self-isolation measures,” the spokesman informed the information company.

The contaminated particular person had been working on the Expo 2020 Dubai workplace, a supply aware of the matter informed the information company. Organisers estimated final 12 months that the Expo would draw 11 million abroad guests. It is billed as a showpiece of tradition, enterprise and know-how with pavilions from 192 nations plus concert events and different occasions.

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16:20 GMT – US reviews 54,453 coronavirus circumstances, 737 deaths

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 54,453 coronavirus circumstances, a rise of 10,270 circumstances from its earlier rely, and stated the loss of life toll had risen by 193 to 737.

Coronavirus circumstances have been reported in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The complete rely doesn’t embrace circumstances amongst repatriated residents from Wuhan, China and Japan.

The CDC figures don’t essentially replicate circumstances reported by particular person states. 

16:15 GMT – Spanish medics demand safety as loss of life toll overtakes China

The Spanish Confederation of Medical Unions (CESM) has offered a authorized demand to Spain’s Supreme Court asking the well being ministry to supply ample protecting gear as quickly as attainable. 

CESM alleged the ministry had up to now failed to supply skilled well being staff with ample safety to hold out their work in a fashion which reduces the danger of catching coronavirus.

The quantity of people that have misplaced their lives due to the an infection in Spain has reached 3,434, amongst  47,610 infections. 

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A member of Emergency Military Unit (UME) prepares to disinfect in a particular facility for bodily disabled individuals in the course of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) outbreak in Getafe, Spain [Sergio Perez/Reuters]

16:10 GMT – Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre closed as a result of coronavirus

Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre, revered in Christian custom as the positioning of Jesus’s crucifixion and burial, has been ordered closed as a precaution in opposition to the coronavirus, church officers stated.

“The Church of the Holy Sepulchre will be closed from 5 pm on Wednesday,” Wadie Abu Nassar, media spokesperson of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land, informed Reuters information company. 

He stated the choice adopted a gathering between Israeli police and senior church leaders on Wednesday.

16:05 GMT – Pompeo says G7 mentioned China’s coronavirus ‘disinformation’

The Group of Seven (G7) large economies mentioned an “intentional disinformation campaign” by China on the coronavirus in a digital assembly on Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has stated.

At a State Department information convention, Pompeo repeated earlier costs that China had delayed sharing details about the virus and stated all G7 members have been “deeply aware” of Beijing’s disinformation marketing campaign.

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16:00 GMT – Merkel’s second coronavirus check got here again damaging

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has examined damaging for coronavirus for a second time and can bear one other check in the beginning of subsequent week, a authorities spokesman stated in an announcement.

Merkel has been self-quarantining and dealing from home after receiving a vaccination from a health care provider on Friday who was later discovered to have the virus.

“The chancellor continues to work from home quarantine,” the spokesman added. 

15:55 GMT – Irish well being minister focused by ‘disgusting’ coughing prank

Ireland’s well being minister has condemned an obvious coronavirus-related prank by which individuals cough within the face of strangers then publish a video on social media, and he stated he was the goal of 1 such stunt.

“It is not a game, it is disgusting, that you will target certain people in your community, generally older people, and go up and cough in their face and video it and have a laugh and run off,” Minister Simon Harris informed a information convention on Wednesday.

Harris, the general public face of Ireland’s battle in opposition to the virus, stated a person and a girl on the road coughed straight at him and ran off laughing when he was strolling between his workplace and authorities buildings on Tuesday.


15:45 GMT – Tunisia coronavirus circumstances bounce by about 50 p.c

Tunisia has confirmed 59 new circumstances of the coronavirus, Health Minister Abdelatif el-Mekki stated in a televised information convention, taking the full quantity to 173.

Tunisia has instituted a curfew at nights and a lockdown in the course of the day by which individuals are solely allowed out to purchase meals or medication or work in some key sectors.

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A basic view of Habib Bourguiba Avenue in downtown Tunis, abandoned on the primary day of a basic lockdown to cease the unfold of the coronavirus [Zoubeir Souissi/Reuters]

15:35 GMT – Estonia information its first loss of life: Report

Estonia has recorded its first coronavirus loss of life, when an 83-year-old affected person died in Tallinn, the day by day newspaper Postimees reported, citing a hospital spokesman.

Estonia has up to now recorded 404 contaminated individuals, in accordance with official statistics

15:30 GMT – Coronavirus loss of life toll in Italy’s Lombardy rises by about 296 in day

The loss of life toll from an outbreak of coronavirus within the northern area of Lombardy, which has borne the brunt of Italy’s contagion, has risen by about 296 in a day to some 4,474, a supply aware of the information informed Reuters information company. 

The determine is down sharply in comparison with some 402 deaths on Tuesday. If confirmed, it is going to be the bottom day by day loss of life toll in Lombardy since March 19.

The variety of circumstances within the area, which incorporates Italy’s monetary capital Milan, elevated by some 1,643 to roughly 32,346, the supply stated.

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A person sporting a protecting masks, who was mendacity unconscious on the bottom near a bus cease in Rome, is carried away by the medical personnel from an ambulance because the unfold of the coronavirus persists [Marco Di Lauro/Getty]

15:25 GMT – London City Airport to shut till finish of April 

London City Airport has stated it’ll droop all business and personal flights from Wednesday night till the top of April following Britain’s order that folks ought to keep at home and cease travelling.

“At this point in this fast-moving and unprecedented situation, we think this is the responsible thing to do for the safety and wellbeing of our staff, passengers and everyone associated with the airport,” it stated.

15:20 GMT – Sudan releases 4,217 prisoners 

Sudan has launched 4,217 prisoners as a precaution in opposition to the unfold of coronavirus, state information company SUNA stated.

The nation has reported three circumstances and one loss of life. 

15:15 GMT – Azerbaijan extends holidays till April 4

Azerbaijan has prolonged holidays associated to its conventional Nowruz celebrations until April Four from a earlier finish date of March 29 because of the coronavirus outbreak, the federal government stated.

The ex-Soviet nation, which started the Nowruz celebrations on March 20, reported its second loss of life from coronavirus on Wednesday and registered 93 circumstances. 

15:10 GMT – Egypt deep cleans pyramids web site emptied of vacationers

Egypt has began deep cleansing the world across the Giza pyramids as authorities work to disinfect vacationer spots closed down by the coronavirus outbreak.

Workers sporting face masks and gloves swept and sprayed the walkways across the bases of the pyramids, in addition to the ticket workplace and a customer centre – although the enormous stone buildings weren’t themselves cleaned, Reuters information company reported. 

All of Egypt’s famed archaeological websites and museums from the Egyptian museum in Cairo to the Valley of the Kings in Luxor have been shut since Monday as authorities attempt to stop coronavirus from spreading.

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Members of the medical group put together to spray disinfectant as a precautionary move amid issues over the coronavirus outbreak on the Great Pyramids, Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo [Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters]

15:05 GMT – Germany’s Merkel, China’s Xi agree on shut cooperation 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has mentioned the coronavirus disaster in a cellphone name with Chinese President Xi Jinping and the 2 leaders have agreed to remain in shut contact concerning the coronavirus pandemic, the German authorities stated in an announcement.

“They agreed that the current crisis can only be resolved through close international cooperation,” the assertion learn.

15:00 GMT – World Bank, IMF urge debt aid for poorest nations

The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has urged official bilateral collectors to supply instant debt aid to the poorest nations on the planet which can be going through extreme penalties from the quickly spreading coronavirus.

In a joint assertion, the establishments known as on official bilateral collectors to instantly droop debt funds from International Development Association (IDA) nations, that are home to 1 / 4 of the world’s inhabitants and two-thirds of the world’s inhabitants living in excessive poverty.

“This will help with IDA countries’ immediate liquidity needs to tackle challenges posed by the coronavirus outbreak and allow time for an assessment of the crisis impact and financing needs for each country,” the IMF and the World Bank stated.


14:50 GMT – Guinea-Bissau confirms first two circumstances of coronavirus 

Guinea-Bissau has registered its first two circumstances of coronavirus, Prime Minister Nuno Gomes Nabiam has stated.

The sufferers are a Congolese UN worker and an Indian citizen, and each have been positioned in quarantine, he stated, including that public transport can be suspended to restrict the unfold of the virus.

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14:40 GMT – UN urges prisoner releases to keep away from virus contagion     

Countries should defend individuals in detention from the COVID-19 pandemic by releasing weak prisoners, the UN’s rights chief has stated.    

“Covid-19 has begun to strike prisons, jails and immigration detention centres, as well as residential care homes and psychiatric hospitals, and risks rampaging through such institutions’ extremely vulnerable populations,” Michelle Bachelet stated in an announcement.

“Authorities should examine ways to release those particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, among them older detainees and those who are sick, as well as low-risk offenders.” 

14:35 GMT – Switzerland restricts exports of protecting gear

Switzerland has launched non permanent restrictions on the export of protecting gear to go off shortages amongst medical employees and others preventing the coronavirus outbreak.

Licenses will now be wanted to export masks, gloves, goggles and swabs as of March 26, the federal government stated on Wednesday. Exceptions to the licensing requirement will apply to the EU and the three different states within the European Free Trade Association so long as they deal with Switzerland the identical approach, it added.

The authorities additionally introduced a raft of measures to chop purple tape associated to recruitment and short-time working. The measures are designed to make it simpler to recruit medical, pharmaceutical, agricultural or logistics staff, it stated. 

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14:30 GMT – UN Guterres stated ‘it is a matter of primary human solidarity’ in plea for assist

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has known as for a rise in worldwide assist of $2bn to areas going through humanitarian crises, as nations the world over grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.  

“The world is only as strong as our weakest health system,” stated Guterres.  

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus added that “history will judge us on how we responded to the poorest countries in their darkest hours.”


14:20 GMT – UK Johnson needs Prince Charles speedy coronavirus restoration

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has wished Prince Charles a speedy restoration following information that the 71-year-old inheritor to the British throne has contracted coronavirus, Johnson’s official spokesman has stated. 

“The Prime Minister wishes the prince a speedy recovery,” the spokesman informed reporters at a briefing.

Charles’s family stated the prince was displaying “mild” signs of the illness. 

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks throughout a information convention on the continuing state of affairs with the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) in London on March 22 [Ian Vogler/Reuters]

14:15 GMT – Dutch coronavirus circumstances rise by 852 to six,412, indicating probably slowing unfold

The variety of confirmed coronavirus circumstances within the Netherlands has risen by 852 to six,412, well being authorities stated, including that they see indicators that the speed of improve of the virus’s unfold within the nation is slowing.

Deaths rose by 80 to 356, the National Institute of Health (RIVM) stated in its day by day replace on the outbreak.

“The number of new patients received at hospital had been on an upward curve recently,” the RIVM stated. “At this moment that seems to be leveling. That may point to a small reduction of the rate at which the virus is spreading.”

14:10 GMT – Singapore reviews 73 new coronavirus circumstances in greatest day by day bounce

Singapore has reported 73 new circumstances of coronavirus circumstances on Wednesday, the city-state’s greatest day by day bounce, taking its tally to a complete of 631 infections.  

Two individuals have died from COVID-19 within the island nation, which has been hailed for its response.

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14:05 GMT – Dubai directs non-public sector to implement distant work for 80 p.c of employees

Dubai has directed non-public sector corporations to implement distant working techniques for 80 p.c of employees from now till April 9, the authority regulating enterprise within the emirate stated on Twitter.

Pharmacies, grocery shops, supermarkets and cooperative societies have been excluded from the order, Dubai Economy stated. The measure was taken “to ensure public health and safety”.

13:57 GMT – Wikileaks founder Julian Assange denied bail by London courtroom 

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who’s preventing extradition from the UK to the US, has been denied bail after his attorneys stated he must be launched from jail due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The 48-year-old is needed by the US on 18 legal counts of conspiring to hack authorities computer systems and violating an espionage regulation and says he might spend many years in jail if convicted.

Judge Vanessa Baraitser at Westminster Magistrates’ Court dominated that he ought to stay in Belmarsh Prison in London. 

13:55 GMT – Pakistan seeks $1.Four bn IMF mortgage to counter coronavirus 

Pakistan is in search of one other $1.Four bn mortgage from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to assist it take care of the financial slowdown from the coronavirus, authorities finance adviser Abdul Hafeez Shaikh has stated.

Pakistan will even be in search of extra help from World Bank and Asian Development Bank, Sheikh added.

“This 1.4 billion we are asking will be a low cost fast disbursing loan,” he informed a information convention in Islamabad.The IMF agreed to a $6 billion monetary assist programme for Pakistan final 12 months.

A health worker takes the temperature of a man who returned from Iran and is under medical observation, after Pakistan sealed its border with Iran as a preventive measure following the coronavirus out

A well being employee takes the temperature of a person who returned from Iran and is below medical commentary in Taftan, Pakistan [Naseer Ahmed/Reuters]

13:50 GMT – UK to element assist for self-employed on Thursday: Report

UK finance minister Rishi Sunak will give particulars on Thursday of promised help for self-employed staff who lose earnings on account of the coronavirus, broadcaster Sky News reported on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has informed parliament that extra information on help would come within the subsequent couple of days. Sky News’s political editor stated Sunak would make the announcement on the authorities’s day by day late-afternoon information convention on the coronavirus. 

13:40 GMT – Switzerland extends border controls to all Schengen nations

The Swiss authorities has stated it was increasing its border controls to incorporate all nations within the Schengen open border zone to assist defend individuals from coronavirus.

The move comes after Switzerland final week launched controls at its borders with Italy, France, Germany, Austria and Spain and all nations not within the Schengen zone.

“Since midnight, the tightened entry requirements have also been applied to flights from all remaining Schengen states with the exception of the Principality of Liechtenstein,” the federal government stated in an announcement. 

13:30 GMT –  Putin calls on Russians to remain home, postpones constitutional reforms vote 

Russian President Vladimir Putin has known as on all residents to remain home subsequent week, whereas asserting that vote on constitutional reforms set to happen on April 22 can be postponed.

Putin stated that the federal government doesn’t need Russians, besides these in important sectors, to come back to work subsequent week. He stated that shops, pharmacies and banks will keep open.

“Health, life and safety of the people is an absolute priority for us,” Putin stated.

Russian authorities reported 658 circumstances of the virus on Wednesday, with 163 new circumstances registered because the day earlier than. That marked a considerably larger day by day improve from earlier days, when the variety of new infections grew solely by a number of dozens.

The postpone constitutional reforms vote embrace a revision that might permit Putin to serve one other time period as president past 2024.

Russian officials and medical staff wearing protective gear check passengers as a preventive measure against the coronavirus (COVID-19) at Sheremetyevo International Airport outside Moscow, Russia MarMedical employees verify passengers as a safety measure in opposition to the coronavirus at Sheremetyevo International Airport outdoors Moscow on March 17 [Sergey Pivovarov/Reuters]

13:25 GMT – Spain buys $467 millionin medical gear from China

Spain has signed a multi-million greenback contract with China to accumulate medical provides to battle the coronavirus epidemic, Health Minister Salvador Illa has stated.     

Worth some $467 million, the deal will cowl 550 million masks, 5.5 million fast check kits, 950 respirators and 11 million pairs of gloves to handle shortages in Spain, the place the variety of deaths reached 3,434 on Wednesday, overtaking the determine in China the place the virus originated late final 12 months. 


13:20 GMT – UK PM Johnson says getting extra trains on London Underground attainable

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated it must be attainable to get extra trains on the London Underground to sort out overcrowding taking place due to a decreased service in the course of the coronavirus outbreak.

The authorities and London’s mayor have been at odds over whether or not town’s transport system might run extra providers as commuters travelled on packed tube carriages regardless of warnings to maintain aside to manage the unfold of coronavirus.

“We should be able to run a better tube system at the moment, we should be able to get more tubes on the line,” Johnson stated in parliament, including that the federal government would give London’s mayor “every support and help that we can”.

Coronavirus in US: Concern for homeless weak to virus

13:10 GMT – IMF says progress in sub-Saharan Africa to be hit laborious

The unfold of the coronavirus into sub-Saharan Africa will hit the area’s progress laborious, with direct disruptions to individuals’s livelihoods, tighter monetary circumstances, decreased commerce and funding and a steep drop in commodity costs, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has stated.

In a weblog posting on the IMF’s web site, prime officers within the Fund’s Africa Department stated they’ve acquired requests for emergency financing from over 20 nations within the area and count on at the very least 10 extra quickly.

“Across the region, growth will be hit hard. Precisely how hard is still difficult to say. But it is clear that our growth forecast in April’s regional outlook will be significantly lower,” wrote Abebe Aemro Selassie, director of the IMF Africa Department and Karen Ongley, mission chief for Sierra Leone. 


This is Joseph Stepansky in Doha, taking up the dwell updates from my colleague Mersiha Gadzo.


12:45 GMT – Iran warns of second wave of coronavirus

Iran may face a second wave of the outbreak, authorities spokesman Ali Rabiei stated, as some Iranians ignored steering issued by well being officers to include the unfold of the illness.

“Unfortunately some Iranians ignored advice from health ministry officials and travelled during the (Iranian) New Year holidays … This could cause a second wave of the coronavirus,” Rabiei stated, in accordance with state TV.

“All the new trips between cities are banned and violators will be confronted legally.”

2,077 individuals had died in Iran, with 143 deaths recorded up to now day, in accordance with an Iranian well being ministry official.

The complete variety of individuals contaminated has reached 27,017, Alireza Vahabzadeh tweeted.

A relative reacts before the burial of the journalist Abdollah Zavieh, who passed away due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Behesht Zahra cemetery in Tehran

A relative in Tehran reacts earlier than the burial of the journalist Abdollah Zavieh, who handed away as a result of COVID-19 [Ali Khara/WANA via Reuters]

12:15 GMT – EU leaders name for joint debt issuance

Leaders of 9 EU nations together with France, Italy and Spain known as on the bloc to agree on a “common debt instrument” to boost funds to help the well being trade together with the broader economies, in accordance with a letter seen by Reuters.

EU leaders will maintain a 3rd video convention on coronavirus on Thursday. The letter, dated March 25, comes after euro zone ministers didn’t agree on eurobond joint debt issuance on Tuesday however stated the euro zone’s ESM bailout fund would lengthen precautionary credit score traces as a security cushion.

11:55 GMT – Tokyo marks largest day by day improve in infections

More than 40 circumstances of coronavirus infections have been reported in Tokyo, Japanese media reported, the largest single-day improve in Japan’s capital which has overtaken smaller cities to turn out to be the nation’s epicentre of the virus.

Tokyo now has round 200 circumstances of coronavirus, surpassing the northern island of Hokkaido, which has round 163 circumstances, in accordance with nationwide broadcaster NHK.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike will ask residents on Wednesday to chorus from going outdoors for non-essential enterprise on the weekend, public broadcaster NHK stated.

11:42 GMT – Mali confirms first two circumstances

Mali confirmed its first two circumstances of coronavirus, the federal government stated in an announcement.

The two sufferers are Malian nationals, a 49 year-old girl from Bamako and a 62 year-old man living in Kayes. They arrived within the nation from France on March 12 and 16, respectively.

The authorities stated the 2 sufferers have been being taken care of by the nation’s well being authorities.

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11:40 GMT – Saudi Arabia tightens imposed curfew

Saudi Arabia is tightening a partial nationwide curfew to include the unfold of the coronavirus, barring entry or exit from Riyadh, Mecca and Medina.

The orders, permitted by King Salman will even ban motion between all provinces beginning on Wednesday, state information company SPA reported.

Four hours have been added within the three cities to the 21-day curfew that started on Monday. The curfew will now begin at 3pm as a substitute of 7pm as of Thursday, SPA stated.

11:30 GMT – Brazil’s Bolsonaro desires commerce re-opened

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro stated that state-level shutdowns in Brazil have been more likely to cripple the economic system and lift unemployment, urging on Twitter that they be reversed.

The president was criticised for making that argument in a televised handle to the nation on Tuesday night time by which he minimised the probably impression of the “little flu” in Brazil.

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro is pictured with his protective face mask at a press statement during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Brasilia

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro is pictured at a press convention in Brasilia, Brazil [Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters]

11:00 GMT – Spain surpasses China in deaths, now second to solely Italy

Spain surpassed China within the variety of coronavirus deaths, now second to solely Italy.

Spain recorded 738 extra deaths over the previous 24 hours, the biggest loss of life toll improve because the outbreak hit the nation, the well being ministry reported.

The variety of deaths from the virus rose to three,434 from 2,696 on Tuesday, the ministry stated. The variety of circumstances rose to 47,610 from 39,673 on Tuesday.

In China, 81,661 individuals have been contaminated, whereas 3,285 individuals have died from the COVID-19 illness.

A patient, center, is transferred to a medicalised hotel during the COVID-19 outbreak in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate sympt

A affected person is transferred to a medicalised resort in Madrid, Spain [Bernat Armangue/AP]

10:43 GMT – UK’s Prince Charles exams constructive for coronavirus

The UK palace stated inheritor to the throne Prince Charles examined constructive for coronavirus and has delicate signs.

Read extra about it right here.

Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, in the background, leave after attending the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London, Monday, March 9, 2020. The an

Britain’s Prince Charles has delicate signs of the coronavirus, the UK palace stated [Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP]

10:40 GMT – Ethiopia to launch over 4,000 inmates

Ethiopia’s Federal Attorney General introduced the discharge of 4,010 prisoners in an effort to fight the unfold of coronavirus in crowded jails, state-affiliated media reported.

Pardoned international nationals shall be despatched to their respective nations, Attorney General Adanech Abiebie stated.

10:30 GMT – In footage: Railways, India’s lifeline, come to a halt

India’s colossal passenger railway system has come to a halt as officers take emergency measures to maintain the coronavirus pandemic from spreading within the nation of 1.Three billion.

The railway system is usually described as India’s lifeline, transporting 23 million individuals throughout the huge subcontinent every day, some 8.Four billion passengers annually.

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In this Monday, March 23, 2020, photo, a passenger walks past railway tracks at the deserted New Delhi Railway station during a lockdown amid concerns over the spread of Coronavirus, in New Delhi, Ind

A passenger walks previous railway tracks on the abandoned New Delhi Railway station in the course of the lockdown imposed amid issues over the unfold of the brand new coronavirus [Manish Swarup/AP Photo]

10:25 GMT – Indians scramble for provides as lockdown imposed

Indians crowded grocery shops and pharmacies in a wrestle for important objects after Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a complete lockdown for 3 weeks to battle the coronavirus pandemic, one of many hardest such measures worldwide.

Read about it right here.

09:30 GMT – ‘Sanitiser? I clear up human waste with my palms’

Sanitary staff world wide perform life-threatening duties, majority with out entry to probably the most primary hygiene at a time when well being businesses are urging further steps to make sure cleanliness and primary hygiene amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Read about it right here.

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Because these staff are casual and undocumented, there aren’t any accessible statistics on what number of die on the job [WaterAid]

08:50 GMT – More than 158,000 volunteer to assist UK sort out coronavirus

More than 158,000 individuals have volunteered to assist Britain’s National Health Service battle the coronavirus outbreak simply hours after a request for 1 / 4 of 1,000,000 volunteers, ITV stated.

The loss of life toll from coronavirus within the UK jumped on Tuesday by 87 to a complete of 422 – the largest day by day improve because the disaster started.

Ambulances outside an NHS centre in London, Britain, 23 March 2020. The NHS is expecting a peak in Coronavirus cases soon, so much so that they will soon be faced with whose life to save. EPA-EFE/ANDY

Ambulances are seen outdoors an NHS centre in London. The NHS is anticipating a peak in Coronavirus circumstances quickly, a lot in order that they’ll quickly be confronted with whose life to avoid wasting. [Andy Rain/EPA-EFE]

08:45 GMT – French loss of life tally a lot increased than official information: hospitals chief

The variety of individuals in France who’ve died from coronavirus is far increased than the official day by day authorities tally, which solely accounts for these dying in hospitals and doesn’t embrace these dying at home or in retirement properties, the top of the hospitals federation stated.

“We only know the data provided by hospitals… The increase in the official data is already major, but the absolute numbers would no doubt be effectively much higher if we aggregated what is happening in retirement homes as well as the people who die at home,” Frederic Valletoux, president of the French hospitals federation, stated on France Info radio.

A medical staff walks by the civil hospital in Mulhouse, eastern France, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The Grand Est region is now the epicenter of the outbreak in France, which has buried the third most v

A medical worker walks by the civil hospital in Mulhouse, japanese France. The Grand Est area is now the epicenter of the outbreak in France, which has buried the third most virus victims in Europe, after Italy and Spain [Jean-Francois Badias/AP]

08:37 GMT – Australia welfare company stretched to the restrict

Australia’s federal authorities says as many as a million Australians might discover themselves out of labor in coming days as a result of shutdown.

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08:30 GMT – Vietnam to halt new rice export contracts till March 28

Vietnam will briefly droop signing new rice export contracts till at the very least March 28, the federal government stated.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc informed the ministries of commerce and agriculture to submit a report on home rice provides and exports, in accordance with a replica of the assertion seen by Reuters.

FILE PHOTO: A farmer harvests rice by a paddy field outside Hanoi, Vietnam June 10, 2019. REUTERS/Kham/File Photo

A farmer harvests rice by a paddy subject outdoors Hanoi, Vietnam [File: Kham/Reuters]

08:05 GMT – Thai lockdown sparks exodus of 60,000 migrant staff

About 60,000 migrant staff living in Thailand have left the nation since authorities shut malls and plenty of companies on the weekend, a Thai inside ministry official stated.

The official informed Reuters 60,000 migrant staff from Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar had returned home as of Tuesday.

The nation has closed its land borders, informed individuals to remain at home, and closed most companies in an try to curb the virus.

India declares 21-day ‘total lockdown’

08:00 GMT – Mexico suspends refugee requests

Mexico briefly halted the processing of asylum requests from Tuesday, its refugee company stated.

Migration authorities will resume processing functions on April 20, Mexico’s refugee company COMAR stated, in step with a authorities order for numerous public workplaces to halt sure features.

The international ministry will put the issuance of passports on maintain from March 27 to April 19, it stated.

07:50 GMT – India bans export of malaria drug

India’s authorities stated that it’s banning the export of hydroxychloroquine and formulations produced from the treatment, as specialists check its efficacy in serving to deal with sufferers.

There are presently no permitted therapies, or vaccines for COVID-19, the extremely contagious respiratory sickness. Researchers are learning current therapies and dealing on experimental ones, however most sufferers obtain solely respiration help.

Hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug, is among the many medicines which can be being examined, as a possible remedy. Earlier this week, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), which maintains a listing of drug shortages, stated there’s a scarcity of hydroxychloroquine.

“Chloroquine has demonstrated toxicity in certain patients,” Dinesh Dua, chairman of the Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council of India, informed Reuters. “You have to tread with caution because there is no comprehensive data to prove it works.”

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People collect at a pharmacy in Mumbai to purchase provides following Indian Prime Minister’s announcement of a government-imposed nationwide lockdown [Indranil Mukherjee/AFP]

07:35 GMT – Singapore not ruling out holding elections

Singapore’s authorities stated it was not ruling out holding a basic election, saying robust management was wanted in a disaster.

Singapore, which should maintain a poll by early 2021, revised its electoral boundaries this month, in a move usually seen as a precursor to calling a vote. Some opposition events have urged in opposition to an election over well being dangers.

In parliament, senior minister Teo Chee Hean stated “the present situation is not ideal” however stated that as a result of the outbreak might proceed for a while, Singapore might go for early elections.

07:20 GMT – Germany reviews 4,191 new circumstances

Confirmed circumstances of the coronavirus in Germany have risen to 31,554 whereas 149 individuals have died of the COVID-19 illness, in accordance with statistics from the RKI well being institute.

Cases rose by 4,191 whereas the loss of life toll elevated by 36, the tally confirmed.

07:05 GMT – Cases in South Africa rise to 709: well being minister

Coronavirus circumstances in South Africa has risen to 709, from 554 on Tuesday, well being minister Zweli Mkhize stated, talking on the native information channel SABC.

A store assistant gives people hand sanitiser as shoppers stock up on groceries at a Makro Store ahead of a nationwide 21 day lockdown in an attempt to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbr

A retailer assistant provides individuals hand sanitiser as consumers top off on groceries at a Makro Store in Durban, South Africa [Rogan Ward/Reuters]

06:30 GMT -Taiwan confirms 19 extra circumstances, complete now at 235

Taiwan confirmed 19 new coronavirus circumstances, all imported, bringing the full variety of contaminated individuals to 235.


This is Mersiha Gadzo in Doha taking up the dwell updates from my colleague Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.


05:40 GMT – Federal officers reach deal on $2 trillion stimulus bundle

The White House and Senate leaders from each events have struck an settlement on a sweeping $2 trillion measure to assist staff, companies and a healthcare system strained by the quickly spreading coronavirus outbreak.

The settlement got here after days of typically intense haggling and mounting stress; it nonetheless must be finalized in detailed legislative language.

The unprecedented financial rescue bundle would give most Americans direct funds, increase unemployment advantages and supply a $367bn programme for small companies to maintain making payroll whereas staff are compelled to remain home.

One of the final points to shut involved $500bn for assured, subsidised loans to bigger industries, together with a battle over how beneficiant to be with the airways. Hospitals would get vital assist as effectively.

Read extra right here.

05:15 GMT – Malaysia extends lockdown till April 14

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says a two-week lockdown that started on March 18 shall be prolonged till April 14. 

In a televised speech to the nation, Muhyiddin stated 172 extra circumstances have been confirmed on Wednesday, bringing the full throughout the nation to 1,796.

He assured individuals there have been loads of provides and that the federal government can be ramping up testing, particularly in virus “hotspots”.

A soldier and a police officer wearing protective masks show a placard to a motorcyclist at a roadblock set up to enforce movement control order due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-1

A soldier and a police officer present a placard to a motorcyclist at a roadblock set as much as implement motion management order in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia [Lim Huey Teng/Reuters]

04:55 GMT – South Korea provides spare medical gear to US

South Korea says it’ll ship medical gear to the US if it might probably spare any, after an pressing request from US President Donald Trump.

In a 23-minute cellphone name, Trump informed President Moon Jae-in he would assist Korean producers get hold of approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for his or her gear, South Korea’s Blue House stated in an announcement late on Tuesday.

Moon informed Trump that South Korea “will provide as much support as possible, if there is spare medical equipment in Korea”.

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People stroll by way of an alleyway in Seoul, South Korea [Ed Jones/AFP]

04:35 GMT – Cruise ship passengers to be quarantined on Australian island

Some 800 Australian passengers on board the Vasco de Gama cruise ship, which is because of dock within the western Australian port of Fremantle on Friday, shall be taken to Rottnest Island for quarantine, in accordance with the ABC.

Rottnest is a well-liked vacation island famend for its wildlife. It lies about 24 kilometres (15 miles) west of Fremantle.

04:30 GMT – Hefty fines for NSW residents who breach self-isolation

Police in New South Wales are detailing the powers they are going to be given to implement the rising restrictions on day by day life in Australia’s most populous state, together with fines of 1,000 Australian {dollars} ($604) for individuals who breach self-isolation rules.

The state earlier introduced 211 new confirmed circumstances of coronavirus, bringing the full to 1,029.

04:20 GMT – Malaysia information 17th loss of life

Malaysia has reported its 17th loss of life from coronavirus.

The well being ministry says the newest loss of life was a 66-year-old man with a historical past of persistent sickness who died within the southern state of Johor.

04:15 GMT – Thailand circumstances rise as authorities prepares to invoke emergency

Confirmed circumstances of coronavirus in Thailand rose to 934 on Wednesday, a day earlier than a state of emergency is because of come into power, giving the federal government sweeping powers.

A well being official stated an extra 107 individuals had been recognized with the an infection.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who first took energy in a coup in 2014, stated emergency rule would start on Thursday. The decree permits the federal government to “censor or shut down the media if deemed necessary”, amongst different measures.

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Migrant staff from Myanmar move by way of border gate at Myawaddy, Myanmar, after leaving Thailand because of the coronavirus outbreak [Thant Zin Aung/Reuters]

The US has lifted a ban on a Malaysian medical glove maker it beforehand accused of utilizing compelled labour.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Tuesday stated disposable rubber gloves made by WRP Asia Pacific after March 16 can be allowed into the nation. 

Malaysia is the world’s greatest producer of medical gloves and WRP has the capability to supply greater than 11 billion gloves a 12 months.

03:45 GMT – Malaysia PM to make particular handle to nation; extra monetary help provided

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will make a particular televised handle at 1pm (05:00 GMT), with the nation midway by way of a two-week lockdown.

The authorities earlier introduced a collection of measures to ease monetary stress, together with a moratorium on mortgage repayments. 

03:15 GMT – South Korea reviews 100 extra coronavirus circumstances

South Korea has reported 100 extra circumstances of the brand new coronavirus over the previous 24 hours, elevating the nation’s complete to 9,137.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated in an announcement that 34 of the 100 circumstances have been reported within the Seoul metropolitan space.

The KCDC additionally stated nationwide fatalities from the virus elevated by six to 126.

03:15 GMT – Philippines Communist rebels to look at ceasefire after UN name

Communist rebels within the Philippines say they’ll observe a ceasefire after UN chief Antonio Guterres known as for an finish to all armed conflicts due to the coronavirus.

The Communist Party of the Philippines says its New People’s Army has been ordered to cease all offensives from Thursday till April 15. The battle has been occurring for greater than 50 years.

03:00 GMT – Bolsonaro accuses Brazil media of fuelling hysteria

Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro is accusing the media of stoking hysteria over the coronavirus, repeating his view that issues concerning the virus are overblown.

“The virus arrived, we are confronting it, and it will pass shortly,” he stated in a televised handle. “Our lives have to continue. Jobs should be maintained.”

About 2,200 individuals in Brazil have been confirmed to have the virus, with 46 deaths reported.

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Brazilians banged pots and pans at their home windows to indicate their disgust at Bolsonaro’s dealing with of coronavirus [Pilar Olivares/Reuters]

02:15 GMT – ‘Bunker down’: New Zealand declares state of emergency

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has declared a state of nationwide emergency because the nation ready to enter a month-long lockdown at midnight (11:00 GMT).

The nation has 205 circumstances, however Ardern says modelling suggests there might really be 1000’s.

All non-essential providers, colleges and workplaces shall be shut and folks informed to remain at home.

“Make no mistake this will get worse before it gets better,” Ardern informed Parliament. “We will have a lag and cases will increase for the next week or so. Then we’ll begin to know how successful we have been.”

01:55 GMT – Australia tightens restrictions, worries about intensive care wants

Australia has additional tightened restrictions on motion, together with limiting the variety of individuals allowed at a marriage to 5 and people attending a funeral to 10.

Officials are involved that if the variety of circumstances continues to rise (there at the moment are greater than 2,250 confirmed circumstances) intensive care shall be overwhelmed.

01:30 GMT – Xi Jinping to attend G20 video summit

Chinese President Xi Jinping will participate within the digital G20 summit on the coronavirus that is because of happen on Thursday.

00:40 GMT – South Korea to step up screening of arrivals from US

South Korea plans to step up screening procedures for individuals arriving within the nation from the US, Yonhap information company reported on Wednesday.

The new measures will come into impact no later than midnight on Friday (15:00 GMT).

People arriving from Europe are already required to be examined and full two weeks of self-isolation.

00:30 GMT – China reviews 47 extra circumstances in individuals coming from abroad

China continues to report extra circumstances in individuals returning to the nation from abroad.

It now has a complete of 474 such circumstances, with a rise of 47 on the finish of Tuesday.

The Foreign Ministry says a lot of the circumstances contain international nationals, however anybody arriving from abroad is required to enter centralised quarantine for 14 days.

I’m Kate Mayberry with Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the coronavirus pandemic.

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